Is this the hardest teaching of Jesus?

It just might be. Given some of what I’m reading around the interwebs these days, an alarming number of us Catholics seem temperamentally incapable of practicing Christ’s great commandment, to love the enemy (or even just someone with whom I have sharp ideological or theological disagreements). So this piece from  Notre Dame’s Timothy O’Malley really struck a [Read More…]

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Can you stomach this?

I can’t: a hamburger stuffed with Reese’s peanut butter cups.  This, from a restaurant chain in Canada.  Details here.  This cannot possibly end well. [Read more…]

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“Unsportsmanlike conduct”: football player penalized for thanking God after touchdown

From Syracuse.com:  Late in the first half of Mexico Central Academy’s regular-season football finale atVernon-Verona-Sherrill on Saturday, Tigers’ quarterback Dante Turo took a snap from center and bolted 73 yards for a touchdown. As he crossed the goal line well ahead of any V-V-S defenders, Turo, a devout Christian, raised his right arm and pointed skyward. He also held the [Read More…]

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“The ultimate dignity is whether you’re really present for other people”

The New York Times this morning has a brief Q&A with Patty Stonesifer, who runs Martha’s Table, a charitable organization based in Washington, DC. While not strictly a Catholic charity—though it was co-founded by a priest—Martha’s Table is run by a woman with a deeply Catholic sensibility, and she brings that to her leadership style: [Read More…]

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Meet Fr. Leopold, the “world’s smallest priest,” celebrating the Lego Mass

Don’t you know someone who’d like this for Christmas?:  Fr. Leopold is on a mission to share the good news of Jesus Christ with minifigures everywhere. Sporting his brand new clerics and a friendly face, he is ready to preach the gospel and bring the sacraments to his people. Featuring 171 genuine LEGO® bricks, three [Read More…]

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“I find my thoughts drifting to the Sabbath…”

“And now, weak, short of breath, my once-firm muscles melted away by cancer, I find my thoughts, increasingly, not on the supernatural or spiritual, but on what is meant by living a good and worthwhile life — achieving a sense of peace within oneself. I find my thoughts drifting to the Sabbath, the day of [Read More…]

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What we have come to: the rich who are too busy now hire others to have their babies for them

Really? Yes:  Dylan Lauren has revealed that she chose to use a surrogate to ‘start her family’ with husband Paul Arrouet because she was busy expanding her candy store to new locations across the globe The 41-year-old daughter of fashion icons Ralph and Ricky Lauren welcomed fraternal twins Cooper Blue and daughter Kingsley Rainbow four [Read More…]

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Phil Hartman: “Our faith prepares us for what lies ahead”

A fascinating blog post by Mark Pattison at CNS reveals a side of the late comedian many may not know (I sure didn’t!). Mark writes about a phone interview he did with Hartman in which the comic reflected on the death of his father and touched on his own Catholic upbringing: “Our faith prepares us for what [Read More…]

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Want to pass through the Holy Door at St. Peter’s next year? Get a reservation.

From CNS:  Drawing on the experience of the public exposition of the Shroud of Turin, Vatican officials are adopting a reservation system for pilgrims who want to cross the threshold of the Holy Door at St. Peter’s Basilica during the Year of Mercy. The free, online registration will not be activated until October, but in [Read More…]

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Pregnant nun costumes for Halloween? Fine. Caitlyn Jenner? Maybe not.

I don’t remember much public anxiety about Halloween costumes that might offend Catholics—like, say, this one or this one.  But there’s now controversy brewing over reports of a Caitlyn Jenner Halloween costume, with some fretting it might be considered “insensitive”: Halloween probably isn’t the best time to deal with an incredibly sensitive subject like gender reassignment. [Read More…]

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